Has India’s national rural health mission reduced inequities in maternal health services? A pre-post repeated cross-sectional study

by Sukumar Vellakkal, Adyya Gupta, Zaky Khan et al.
Health Policy Plan. (2016) – First published online: August 10, 2016

12 pp. 344 kB
http://heapol.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2016/08/10/heapol.czw100.full.pdf+html7.cover

In 2005, India launched the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) to strengthen the primary healthcare system. NRHM also aims to encourage pregnant women, particularly of low socioeconomic backgrounds, to use institutional maternal healthcare. The authors conclude that in high-focus states, NRHM resulted in increased uptake of maternal healthcare, and decline in its socioeconomic inequity. Their study suggests that public health programs in developing country settings will have larger equity impacts after its almost full implementation and widest outreach.

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